Arizona Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Arizona Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Medical waste management: Arizona Revised Statutes (AZ Rev. Stat.) 49-761 and Arizona Administrative Code Rules (AZ Admin. Code R) 18-13-1401 to 18-13-1420

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Medical waste facility plans: AZ Rev. Stat. 49-762

Definitions: AZ Admin. Code R 18-13-1401

Exemptions: AZ Admin. Code R 18-13-1403


On-site treatment: AZ Admin. Code R 18-13-1405

Off-site treatment: AZ Admin. Code R 18-13-1406

Discarded drugs: AZ Admin. Code R 18-13-1418

Sharps: AZ Admin. Code R 18-13-1419

Tattoo-generated waste: AZ Rev. Stat. 44-1342


Packaging treated waste: AZ Admin. Code R 18-13-1405

Packaging untreated waste: AZ Admin. Code R 18-13-1407

Storage: AZ Admin. Code R 18-13-1408

Transportation: AZ Admin. Code R 18-13-1409

Treatment facilities: AZ Admin. Code R 18-13-1412

Regulatory Agency

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Waste Programs Division

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Arizona regulates medical waste under its solid waste management program. The state has requirements for generators, transporters, treatment facilities, and for the storage of biohazardous medical waste.

Hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerators (HMIWIs) are regulated by the federal New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) for new HMIWIs. Existing HMIWIs must comply with Arizona regulations consistent with the federal emissions guidelines, or, in the absence of such regulations, comply with the federal plan requirements for existing HMIWIs. See the state section INCINERATION OF WASTES for more information on hospital, medical, and infectious waste incineration.

Administration and ...

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